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It's a grower at least I hope it is..,
This review is from: BLACK MAGIC (Audio CD)
First up I am massive fan of The Dreamer, I cant honestly remember playing an album as solidly I have Jose's last offering it really is a wonderful album. So that may well be part of Balckmagic's downfall. I guess my expectations were perhaps unjustifiably high.
So first impressions were not great it appeared to be a mish mash of styles that provided a lack of consistency that I found frustrating . The Dubstep vibe of Warrior just seems so out of place when compared to the Nancy Wilson cover. The thing is as individual tracks they are all pretty good and if you were listening to GP's worldwide and he dropped one in a set it would probably stand out and make you want more of JJ.
I cant remember if the dreamer was an instant winner with me or not, but I have given this a couple of run throughs and I'm beginning to warm to it. I am sitting here listening to the Bonus untitled track 14 at the end and its much more like what I was expecting and hoping for. The thing is I really like that Mahogani Detroit sound I just didn't want it here amongst some pure jazz vocals.
I don't want to be harsh, the duets work well but again I think they were unexpected so didn't win me over straight away.
Its by no means a bad CD and Jose really is great to listen to at anytime, I think Old age is creeping up on me and I wanted a purer jazz vocalist album, perhaps his switch to Verve and release there later this year will give me my fix.